I’ve discussed and answered here many times when people ask me “Why do you need to work when your husband works abroad?” Here are some of the reasons why I keep working after having kids:
Financial independence. Admittedly, I sometimes ask for extra money from my husband if it’s about running the household and school expenses but for my personal needs? I don’t. One of the main reasons is that I want to be financially independent. In case, I want to try a new shade of lipstick or be updated on the latest nail art craze, I have my own money to spend on. If I want to buy extra pair of cute leggings for the kids, I can get them right away without even consulting my husband. I know he won’t mind but I am also aware that expenses like these are better yet be last on the list.
Personal fulfillment. Household chores can be challenging but I feel more fulfilled when I do other things. No offense to the housewives who are not even into online activities like keeping up with friends through social media, admit it, you feel bored with what you do everyday.
In my case, I am an undergraduate who wants to prove that I can also do well or even better just like the ones who had a degree. That’s already an achievement for me which is also equally a fulfillment to what I have been aiming for.
Meeting people. Nature of my work requires networking. That’s what I love about it. I guess my shyness has finally left my system that I can now mingle with strangers. Isn’t it cool to meet somebody from another part of the world who shares the same interest with you?
I may sound selfish with some of the things I mentioned here, but that’s just being honest to what I think are the reasons why I keep working after giving birth to two kids.